• Letter from Dr. K

    Here is a letter from Dr, Karambu that I wanted to share with you as I think it speaks to the leadership, heart and commitment that we hope to nurture and grow and the tremendous possibility it has! "Hi Lisa, Thank you for your mail and understanding. I feel peaceful reading your email. And yes, it has been a constant...

  • Meru Bound

    Heading back to Kenya for a quick trip, before the ski season is in full effect.This is our last chance to catch up with everyone in Meru and see how everything is going. Purpose of the trip: -See how the dining hall will be added to the kitchen-Plan for a half basket ball court. (Oakley eyewear's Christmas present to the...

  • KACH Gardens

    Below is an update and some photos from Karamana...looks like all is going well on the newly acquired 2 acres! these gardens will provide food for all the kids at KACH as well as be sold to the local community. So exciting! "Hello,Here are some pictures of the farm blocks on the other side of kach. Kids are giving a...

  • Tina

    Tina Fleishman is a psychologist from Vail.  She came in just a few days ago to spend some time with the kids.  Some of the things she will discuss with them are peace, group dynamics, the concept of family, cooperation, character education and values.  It's so great to have her around.

  • Smiles

    We keep telling ourselves that, even though we came here to work for the children, we don't need to be able to see them or have any kind of interaction with them..  We like to think that we can be self-less enough to just do our work without meeting with the people it will affect.  But the truth is, all...

  • Clinic.

    We took the kids to a free medical clinic set up by the Kenya Red Cross.  They are in fairly good shape, some we showing signs of malnutrition, most of them got de-worming medication and they all handled going to the doc like champs! When we got back home it was arts and crafts time..

  • First morning at KACH!

    Some of the kids got up at 6:30 to do their chores (make their beds, clean the floors and bathrooms).  Before breakfast, we did a morning workout with Dolphine, our dance instructor!  Lots of laughs...

  • The kids are in!

    Today is extremely hard to describe with words...  and I don't think pictures can do it either...  We went and picked up the first kids who will be staying at KACH.  Some seemed extremely excited about going (mostly the ones who had no real home and/or the ones who already knew Karambu, Mikey or myself) some of them seemed scared...

  • A Few Words For the EEY

    In June, right before we showed up, a group of students from the Vail Mountain School came to Meru to build a chicken/goat/rabbit pen for KACH. Mikey and I heard lots about their trip from the Meru community and wanted to say...
  • On our way to work.

    This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip;  Glue bottle in hand, Kevin runs after Mikey at the Makutano intersection.

  • Chippin' away part 2.

    Still chippin'...  On the second day of chiseling the slab I pulled a muscle in my right forearm.  To keep going I had to learn to use the hammer and chisel with opposite hands.  Having my right hand holding the chisel was a very good to way to give it some rest...  the down side was that, since my left...

  • Chippin' away.

    The past 4 days JP, a couple of our co-workers and I have been armed with hammers and chisels. Our task, to chip the floors of the kitchen. This entails hammering out little holes all over the concrete slab to give a texture to the surface so the mortar that will be laid on top has something to bond to. ...

  • Tribute to the garden

    One of my best memories form last October was pulling rocks out of the ground to get the garden started.  It was a real therapeutic experience for me.  Every time I pulled a rock out of the ground, I would think; "One less rock in the garden!".  So simple, so tangible, so real...  ...so awesome!  That's when I realized I...

  • Outside walls

    We ran out of stones for the cook's bedroom today.  Whenever we have to find something else to do, we end up working on the finish for the outside walls of the kitchen.. and she's cleaning up nicely...

  • Walls

    The walls of the cook's bedroom are going up!  After working at ground level for a week and a half, it's rewarding to see the building going up.

  • Rock-Smash 2009

    This is the part where we fill the foundation walls with medium-size rocks and compact them with sledge hammer before poring the slab. Two Cups of Tea:  Tea time at 10:30 am. A moment in our day that we've grown to enjoy more and more. 

  • Kitchen.

    We started working on the kitchen.  We worked on a new addition;  A bedroom/bathroom for the cook (it hadn't been in the original plans).  So today we dug the trench for the foundation.Onions had to be relocated today to make way for a trench. Sorry Simon.This is John, the foreman.  He is 52.  Cigarette in his mouth, cell phone ringing in...

  • Dirt.

    We are still working on leveling the ground for the dining room while others started to work on the finish for the outside walls of the kitchen.

  • Pictures for old friends

    The lack of photographic resources make pictures a rarity over in Kenya. You will often see one or two small pictures hung proudly on the walls of the locals' homes. It is a privilege to be able to share photos with our friends.
  • Big Day

    Today was a big day! Ayub brought some new plants from the nursery. I had asked for more edibles so we could not only make the upper gardens beautiful but also productive. We placed and planted for a few hours in the morning. Then it was off to a bee keepers meeting with Simon at the IPI office. Karamana and Simon...